- Remote desert location
- Near Namib-Naukluft National Park
- Choose from chalets or tents
- Optional sleep-outs under the stars
Sandwiched between the vast Namib-Naukluft National Park and the picturesque Naukluft Mountain Zebra Park is Agama River Camp. This simple and remote desert campsite is located off the C19, about 30km away from the village of Solitaire. Named after the brightly coloured agama lizards, a group of some 30 different species which inhabit desert regions across Africa, the camp is a superb base for discovering some of Namibia’s most spectacular natural attractions, offering rustic but pristine accommodation choices, a swimming pool, a restaurant and complete immersion in nature.
There are two accommodation options to choose from, namely river camp chalets or tents. All of the chalets are located on the upper banks of a river course and are fairly well spaced apart. Each chalet has two beds, with an outdoor viewing deck that doubles up as an outdoor bedroom for sleeping out under the stars. The chalets are air conditioned and come with a desk fan, indoor and outdoor seating areas and an en-suite bathroom with separate toilet. The tents are grouped together in several campsites along the river course’s lower banks. Each campsite has a large acacia tree providing shade, as well as a wooden barrier which acts as a wind shield. There’s also a washing facility, a freestanding water tap, a barbecue area and an energy-saving light. Those who opt for tented accommodation can make use of the communal facilities that include plenty of showers, wash basins and toilets. Children of all ages are welcome.
The swimming pool and sunset viewing deck are in a lovely setting, and there’s a restaurant with a fully licensed bar. Bookings can be tailored to preference – namely chalet with breakfast, chalet with breakfast and dinner, or campsite self-catering. Extra meals can be requested, although these must be booked at least ten days in advance.
There is a great deal to explore in the area. The Namib-Naukluft National Park is the largest game park on the continent and the fourth largest in the world. It covers part of the beautiful Namib Desert, which is considered to be the oldest desert on the planet, and features vast, open spaces as well as mountain ranges. The dunes here can tower as high as four hundred metres. One of the main attractions to be found within the park is Sossusvlei - a large white clay pan surrounded by dramatic red dunes that are among the highest in the world. There are also plenty of trails in the vicinity, including self-guided walks to the foothills of the nearby mountains.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019